Can British expats abroad vote in the General Election and if so, how?

Telegraph Reporters

Here you can find out about registering and voting as an overseas voter at the UK general election on Thursday 8 June.

Can I register as an overseas voter?

If you are a British citizen living abroad, you can apply to be an overseas voter.

You must have been registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years and be eligible to vote in UK Parliamentary general elections.

If you were too young to register when you left the UK, you can still register as an overseas voter.

You can do this if your parent or guardian was registered to vote in the UK, as long as you left the UK no more than 15 years ago.

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Am I already registered to vote?

An overseas registration expires after 12 months. You must renew your registration each year, and will be reminded to do so by your local Electoral Registration office.

If you have renewed your registration

If you have renewed your registration and it will last until after 8 June 2017, you are registered as an overseas voter. You do not need to register to vote again.

If your registration has not expired

If you voted as an overseas voter in the EU referendum and your registration has not expired (and will not expire by 8 June 2017) you will be able to vote as an overseas voter on 8 June. You do not need to register to vote again.

If your registration has expired

If your registration has expired, you will need to register to vote again.

Register now at You need to register by Monday 22 May.

In April 2016 the High Court ruled that expats living more than 15 years outside of Britain would not have the right to vote Credit: Getty Images

Unsure about your registration status?

If you are not sure about anything to do with your registration status, please contact your local authority.

You can find their contact details by entering your postcode here for the UK address at which you are registered.

You will be provided with contact details for your local authority.

They will be able to help with any questions about your registration status.

How do I register to vote?

To register to vote in England, Scotland or Wales, you can register online in the same way as all other voters in Great Britain.

Register online any time at

You need to register by Monday 22 May to vote at the UK general election on 8 June 2017.

To register to vote in Northern Ireland, visit the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland website to download the correct form.

Brits abroad stocking up on supplies

How can I vote if I live abroad?

You can choose your method of voting depending on your personal circumstances.

Voting by proxy

If you're not in the UK you can apply to vote by proxy. This means you appoint someone to vote on your behalf.

We would advise you to apply to vote by proxy if possible.

This is because some postal votes might not reach you in time for you to complete and return them by post by 10pm on Thursday 8 June.

Download the overseas voter proxy application form (PDF)

Voting by post

If you live abroad you can apply to vote by post.

You need to make sure you have time to receive and return your ballot papers by 10 pm on polling day (10pm on Thursday 8 June).

If you don't think you can return them in time, you should consider voting by proxy.

To check when postal votes are being sent out contact the local authority  where you are registered to vote in UK.

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